By now you have a good understanding of how Metabolism B directs your body to store excess blood sugar into your fat cells. The Metabolism Miracle will help to temper your pancreas, calming the insulin release and fat production so that permanent weight loss can occur. But why wouldn’t any diet help you to lose weight?
When your friends with Metabolism A want to lose weight, they can follow any reasonable diet because their metabolism follows the classic formula found in any basic nutrition textbook:
Calories eaten – calories burned = weight
In other words, your friends who have metabolism A will gain weight if they consume more calories than they burn off. But they will lose weight if they cut back on total calories while increasing their physical activity. Your friends’ cholesterol is determined by their weight, physical activity, and intake of fatty foods. Their triglycerides may increase because of excess alcohol or certain medications, or their blood pressure may increase from excess weight or sensitivity to sodium. However, your weight, cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and blood sugar are all linked to hormonal imbalance and excess fat storage.
You now know that your metabolism is very different. The law of calories doesn’t apply to people with Metabolism B. You may eat far fewer calories than your friends and lose weight initially but because your body stores excess blood sugar as fat, a diet based on calories will never work for you long term. Your weight, midline fat, and cholesterol are not entirely the result of excess calories or inadequate physical activity. They are caused by the hypermetabolism of carbohydrate and blood glucose being stored excessively in fat cells.
“Help Me, Doc!”
Most people with Metabolism B have been told by their physician, “You need to lose twenty pounds”—or even more. Naturally, you are very aware that you need to lose twenty pounds, but, despite all of your attempts, you can’t seem to make it happen. If you have hypertension you hear, “Cut down on salt and lose some weight.” When your cholesterol rises, you hear, “Reduce fats and lose some weight.” If you progress to diabetes, the advice changes only slightly: “Watch your sugar intake and lose some weight.” Unfortunately, that’s the extent of the nutrition advice that many patients hear. They leave their doctor’s office with a handful of prescriptions, a diet sheet, and a follow-up appointment date. The doctor doesn’t have the key to successful weight loss for people with Metabolism B.
In an effort to get some answers, some patients seek out a registered dietitian (RD) and leave that appointment with a copy of the same 1,500-calorie low-fat/low-cholesterol/low-salt playbook that the RD uses for everyone in your condition. But all these patients’ hard work to follow the directions from both their doctor and nutritionist yields little weight loss. Why? Because, if they have Metabolism B, this standard diet, based on “calories in” minus “calories out,” will never work for them!